The Food Barn – an invitation you don’t refuse…

Matt Day & Franck Dangereux Last week, I think we experienced some of the finest cooking in the Cape paired by Franck Dangereux, chef patron of The Food Barn and Matt Day, driven winemaker at Klein Constantia. The invitation was one we could not refuse. Matt and Franck have wanted to do this some time

Delaire Graff Chef Michael Deg continues to shine

Michael Deg, Executive Chef at Delaire Graff Restaurant When announcements are made for national restaurant competitions, Top Tens, The Best in the Land, or whatever, I am always surprised not to see Michael Deg’s name on the list. Here is a young chef who is passionate and dedicated and talented, who for me rises above

Kleine Zalze – Terroir, one of my best dishes of 2016

Michael Broughton and the team from Terroir Michael Broughton, renowned and much lauded chef of Terroir on the Kleine Zalze Estate is such a modest chap.  His food is ambrosial and it is no mistake in the judges in the national competitions choosing him for awards. I have eaten at Terroir over a number of

Massimo’s Hout Bay – fine Italian food

Massimo & Tracy Orione If you pressed 5 Capetonians to tell you which is their favourite Italian Restaurant, you would probably get 5 different answers. Press me and I till tell you that Massimo’s in Hout Bay is mine by a country mile. Massimo and Tracy Orione run a truly superb operation. Recognised last year

The Shortmarket Club…hottest ticket

The Shortmarket Club…clubby interior An invitation to lunch at The Shortmarket Club is hardly one that you regret. Luke and Sandalene Dale-Roberts partner with Simon Widdison, front house manager from the Pot Luck Club and Wesley Randles, Luke’s former head chef. Wesley Randles & Simon Widdison Mark Rautenbach's Butterfly Installation behind them The staff are

Luke Dale-Roberts spreads his wings

The Pot Luck Club Head Chef Wesley Randles & Chef Proprietor Luke Dale-Roberts CAPE TOWN will get even hipper in June when Luke Dale-Roberts’s Shortmarket Club opens in the heart of the Mother City. Launching by Chef Wesley Randles and restaurateur Simon Widdison, both from current The Pot Luck Club fame, The Shortmarket Club is

Morgenster revisited

Morgenster Manor House with its banks of hydrangeas & agapanthus I have such happy childhood memories of Morgenster, as you enter off Lourensford Road on the left is an open field which was used for polo playing in the early 1950s. My father was playing polo and we took a picnic. Also present, though I

The Table Bay’s Camissa – restaurant with a view

Always beautiful flowers at the entry of the hotel There are restaurants in Cape Town that have the most special situations and The Camissa Brasserie at The Table Bay Hotel on Cape Town’s iconic Waterfront is one of them. A stunning view over Cape Town’s busy harbour and Table Mountain brooding benignly over all.We were

Imibala Restaurant & Deli Winter Menu – 01.07.2015

Nicole Dupper, Executive Chef, outside Imibala Restaurant & Deli I visited the Imibala Restaurant in Somerset West last week to have a try out of Nicole Dupper’s new Winter Menu. Nicole specialises in bistro style meals, a number of them old favourites of hers, but all of them real nostalgia food, comfort food

The Food Barn – some Winter excitement

This is what it's all about There are always exciting goings on at The Food Barn down in Noordhoek at The Noordhoek Farm Village.  Business partners Franck Dangereux and Pete de Bruyn offer interesting, different and unusual happenings both in the restaurant and in The Food Barn Deli. First up is their fabulous

May 7th, 2014|Categories: Restaurants|Tags: |

The Pot Luck Club

Luke Dale Robertsin conversation Luke Dale Roberts was not chosen as one of South Africa’s top chefs on a whim.  He is a leading cutting edge chef, who is so modest about his achievements.  I have been fortunate to dine on several occasions at The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club in

March 7th, 2013|Categories: Restaurants|Tags: , |

Café Dijon – Burgundy in Cape Town

Dup and Sarah du Plessis took the brave step and moved their Café Dijon in Stellenbosch high street to Green Point in Cape Town recently.  Dup’s grandfather told him, “always have a business from which you can see Table Mountain!”. I enjoyed more than a couple of excellent meals at Café Dijon Stellenbosch

Overture Restaurant, Hidden Valley

You can’t go much higher in altitude than Hidden Valley Winery, Dave Hidden’s eyrie up on the west facing slopes of the Helderberg.  Home of the delicious Hidden Valley Pinotage and Land’s End Sauvignon Blanc, which is made from grapes from his Elim Vineyards You can’t go much higher up the culinary ladder

April 3rd, 2010|Categories: Restaurants|

Tasting Room – Franschhoek

Margot Janse To eat the food of Margot Janse in The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francaise in Franschhoek is to sit at a table in Lucullan heaven. We dined there recently on a warm late summers evening where Margot fed us her choice of the most enchanting, delicious, amusing, unfiddled with genuine

April 3rd, 2010|Categories: Restaurants|

Indian Cuisine at Bombay Brasserie

The Bombay Brasserie Chandeliers I had the most amazing food experience at The Bombay Brasserie at the newly opened Taj Hotel at the top of Cape Town opposite the daoor to St George's Cathedral. Razvan Macici I lunched with a trio of winemakers from the famed Nederburg Winery, Razvan Macici ­

March 11th, 2010|Categories: Restaurants|

Balducci’s – Italian chic in Africa

Is it just me or are there more professional waiters around now than there used to be when I was running a restaurant 15 years ago in Cape Town?  And by professional I mean – this is my only job! We struck it really lucky with Tina at a very happy evening at

November 1st, 2009|Categories: Restaurants|

Haiku revisited………

We have visited Haiku many times and each time we go back we wonder why we take so long to get back. So here’s a quick line up of what we experienced when we went back there for Madeleine’s birthday recently. We had a excellent waiter called Eric, a professional in that this

October 29th, 2009|Categories: Restaurants|

Trattoria da Vinci

Woodpecker Mall, Main Road, Sedgefield [next to the only Pharmacy in town!] Tel: [044] 343-1867 Madeleine and I often visit Sedgefield and each time we go, we eat at a little Trattoria in the main street of this coastal town between George and Knysna.  Run by Steve and Leah Baleta, the food is

August 13th, 2009|Categories: Restaurants|

Pembreys Restaurant

Brenton Rd, Belvidere, Knysna Tel: 044-386-0005 Open for Dinner Wednesday to Sunday Lunches on Sundays Peter Vadas and I worked together some 35 years ago when we were young and beautiful and now he and his wife Vivienne run this delightful restaurant overlooking the lagoon at Knysna. Peter is a really superb chef

August 13th, 2009|Categories: Restaurants|

The Food Barn, Noordhoek

Franck Dangereux One thing about Franck Dangereux, one of my most favourite Cape Chefs, is his passion. Passion for life, passion for his family and his passion for creating the most outstanding food. And one thing he’s really passionate about is his business in partnership with 'my buddy' the equally passionate Peter de

August 6th, 2009|Categories: Restaurants|Tags: |

Brad’s Grill

Brad's Grill in 2nd Avenue, Harfield Village, Kenilworth [021] 671 2527, is a hugely successful restaurant because of - well Brad! He's been there for 30 years and he plays to his audience to perfection and he's just always there.  His meat is superb - he told us that his brother is in

August 6th, 2009|Categories: Restaurants|